OT: Google creates artificial "imagination".

OT: Google creates artificial "imagination".

Submitted by Chris-sirhC on July 31st, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Artificial neural networks have been the model for "machine learning" for quite a while now. It is essentially just computer code inspired by the way the central nervous system works in animals (brains). For more information on artificial neural networks, you can go to: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_neural_network)

Well, Google recently created a "Deep Learning" algorithm based off research done with Artificial Neural Networks and "trained" it with huge databases of pictures of mammals, people, buildings, cars, etc. For example, the network is shown a thousand pictures of a duck and told repeatedly that this is a duck. When it learns the million things that make a duck distinctly a duck, they move on to other objects. Rinse, repeat and rinse, repeat. When a large database of information is established they can move on with the network and ask it to carry out different tasks with its newly-acquired information. To quote Google's blog here: (http://googleresearch.blogspot.ie/2015/06/inceptionism-going-deeper-into-neural.html)


"Instead of exactly prescribing which feature we want the network to amplify, we can also let the network make that decision. In this case we simply feed the network an arbitrary image or photo and let the network analyze the picture. We then pick a layer and ask the network to enhance whatever it detected. Each layer of the network deals with features at a different level of abstraction, so the complexity of features we generate depends on which layer we choose to enhance. For example, lower layers tend to produce strokes or simple ornament-like patterns, because those layers are sensitive to basic features such as edges and their orientations. If we choose higher-level layers, which identify more sophisticated features in images, complex features or even whole objects tend to emerge. Again, we just start with an existing image and give it to our neural net. We ask the network: “Whatever you see there, I want more of it!” This creates a feedback loop: if a cloud looks a little bit like a bird, the network will make it look more like a bird. This in turn will make the network recognize the bird even more strongly on the next pass and so forth, until a highly detailed bird appears, seemingly out of nowhere."


Now recently, they decided to release the code, (http://googleresearch.blogspot.ie/2015/07/deepdream-code-example-for-visualizing.html) so people could see what the trained neural networks were seeing on any image that they wanted.

Inevitably, the internet has done awesome things with it so far, and this is what this post is about. This app (https://dreamscopeapp.com/create) created by a user on reddit allows users to upload any image they want, and run it through the "Deep Dream" algorithm. The results are creepy, awesome, trippy, and eerily resemble what MANY LSD users report when on Acid (seriously, they seem amazed by the similarity). I took the liberty to run a few pictures through the algorithm and posted the results. Feel free to do the same for your own pictures, or simply just discuss the topic at hand.

Are our brains on LSD essentially treating visual input exactly how this neural network perceives still images? Is this computer taking a picture and letting its imagination go wild? Similar to how a child looks at clouds in the sky? Are our brains actually just an advanced artificial intelligence? 

I'm sure it will be a good time. Enjoy. Happy Off-Season.


META: Sexybits reprieve???

META: Sexybits reprieve???

Submitted by 004 on February 27th, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Apparently the interwebs did not take kindly to Google trying to replicate Disney's clean-up of Times Square and they have relented on the no-sexybits rule.


MGoOverlords - any chance of a reprieve when celebration is called for?

- OR -Did I misunderstand Google's change?




(I'm not really this hard up for female content, but the board does seem to come to life for some beefcake / Kate Upton)



OT: Michigan Cracks Top 20 - Most Searched Universities

OT: Michigan Cracks Top 20 - Most Searched Universities

Submitted by Glen Masons Hot Wife on October 23rd, 2014 at 7:22 PM


I figure, good that we have an online presence, broad of a representation of things as a "search" may be.



Tired of thinking about the inadequate leadership in our Athletic Department.

OT: Goodbye Net Neutrality?

OT: Goodbye Net Neutrality?

Submitted by ZooWolverine on August 5th, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Quite OT, but I figured this would be of interest to a lot of readers since there seem to be a large number of EECS majors.  Also, according to the latest surveys, everyone here is an Internet user.

Google and Verizon are reportedly close to having a deal to ensure Google traffic receives priority on Verizon networks.  This is particularly disappointing to me since Google has been a key promoter of net neutrality but has apparently abandoned that approach and is now leading the way on taking advantage of a non-neutral future.

A lot of this is a result of a court ruling that the FCC, who tried to impose net neutrality, does not have jurisdiction over broadband Internet.  So it wouldn't be surprising if this development pushed Congress to give the FCC that power, but if not it might move us in a direction where the idea of net neutrality is a thing of the past.


Google does us wrong!

Google does us wrong!

Submitted by Blazefire on July 15th, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Google, of all companies, should be trustworthy to make U of M look great, right? Well, I'm sure this wasn't intentional, but they better get it cleaned up, quick!

I decided to check Google Maps to see if they had updated their satellite photos of Ann Arbor yet to include the stadium additions. They did, but the photos were taken when the field was stripped off! It's bare concrete. it looks terrible!

C'mon, Google! Wait for a new photo on the next satellite flyby. Edit the old field back in there. Something! Now Michigan stadium is gonna look like a construction zone for the next 5 years! They did it the last time, too! The last photo was up forever, when they had a section of seats all torn out to get a crane in there.

Very OT: Connecting IMDb & Google spreadsheet help

Very OT: Connecting IMDb & Google spreadsheet help

Submitted by Bleedin9Blue on March 18th, 2010 at 8:18 PM

I've been working on a pretty fun little Google spreadsheet. What it allows you to do is simply paste in the IMDb link to a movie (for Avatar it would be this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499549/) and the sheet will then pull information about the director(s), writer(s), lead actor(s), year of release, IMDb rating, top 250 or bottom 100 ranking, and I'm currently working on grabbing the "genres" too.

It's pretty interesting, I've been doing it because I want to start cataloging all of the movies that I've seen and rate them myself while also comparing my ratings to the IMDb ones. I also have visions of eventually making it so that by simply typing in the name of an actor, director, etc. I can see all of the movies that I've seen that that person is involved with and by how much my rankings differ compared to IMDb's.

You can see what I've done so far here

But, I didn't realize that Google restricts people to only 50 "import" functions. Since each row in the sheet uses multiple "import" functions, I would reach my limit of 50 far before I'd reach the end of all the movies that I've seen. Thus, I'm turning to the internet for help. I've looked on Google and posted on forums with no success, so now I must turn to MGoBlog. I know that there are CEs that frequent this board, so I would especially appreciate your help. I'm trying to remake my spreadsheet in Excel, but I've found that the only way to make external connections to specific URLs seems to involve far too much work on my part- I have to specify what tables to import and then grab the appropriate data. Worse, there's no function that you type in to import a table, it has to be done through a wizard which means that I have to import every table individually AND keep it in the Excel file forever.

So, does anyone know of some way around this? I'm essentially looking for an Excel version of Google spreadsheet's ImportHTML/ImportXML/ImportData. All of my research seems to indicate that there's no identical function in Excel and I haven't found any workarounds will be acceptable for what I'm doing.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Note 1: I apologize for posting something OT, normally I try to avoid that but I'm just out of ideas at this point.

Note 2: If you open the Google spreadsheet link that I posted, you might see some random stuff after the first 2 lines, that's just me experimenting with whatever isn't working at the moment- currently that's either getting genres to work or finding a way to grab the whole release date and not just the year.

U-M and A2 Team to Pursue the Google Ultra High Speed Internet Project

U-M and A2 Team to Pursue the Google Ultra High Speed Internet Project

Submitted by MGoShoe on March 3rd, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Originally discussed here and related to this; so as to prevent this news from being lost in a several days dead forum topic:

From annarbor.com:

"The city of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan are teaming up to meet Google's March 26 deadline to complete a Request for Information as part of the Internet search company's Fiber for Communities effort."


The University of Michigan is throwing its muscle power behind efforts to convince Google to select Ann Arbor as the site for its ultra high-speed Internet demonstration project.

U-M issued a news release today calling for Ann Arbor residents to mobilize through various social media platforms to wage a campaign to win the Internet project.


U-M, Ann Arbor city officials and local business officials are collaborating to lobby Google in hopes of winning the project, which would serve between 50,000 and 500,000 users.

From the U-M news release:

Aside from faster and better Internet for residents and students, a Google fiber optic network in Ann Arbor would make the area even more desirable for companies wanting to relocate. Faster connectivity coupled with the city's highly educated population and its long tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship could be a catalyst for retaining talent and business in the region.

"The University of Michigan is working closely with industry, government and other universities to catalyze Michigan's transformation to a new, more diverse and dynamic economy," said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. "Access to ultrahigh-speed broadband networks in our area would be a significant spur to communication, cooperation and innovation in our community and beyond."

Ann Arbor residents should visit www.a2fiber.com to get involved.